Einstein Academy officials are hosting a meeting for parents, days after reports of asbestos found at the elementary school’s Valencia site on Orchard Village Road circulated online, according to a letter sent out from school officials obtained by KHTS AM-1220.
The meeting is for parents of Albert Einstein Academy for the Letters, Arts and Sciences students, according to school officials who declined to respond to a request for comment, but invited KHTS AM-1220 to the private meeting.
KHTS AM-1220 plans to cover the meeting and report on it.
An official confirmed the meeting Wednesday would take place at the high school site operated by AEALAS on Kelly Johnson Parkway, but the construction work did not concern the high school.
Ribbon cutting last August
“Please join us for an informational meeting this Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM at the AEA High School to discuss the repairs being made to our SCV campus,” according to the letter. “At this meeting we will review what caused the damage, our plan for repairs and health and safety concerns. A panel of experts, including an asbestos inspector, physicians and our admin team will be present to review test results and safety concerns.”
Several parents contacted KHTS AM-1220 with concerns about the existence of asbestos and the notification.
An official with the Air Quality Management District said Tuesday the agency was notified about construction at the school that involved asbestos removal, but said a plan presented by school officials was deemed in compliance with state and federal standards for such a project.
The maintenance was scheduled to take place between Dec. 24 and Jan. 9, according to AQMD officials. Eight classrooms were affected by the cleanup effort, according to AQMD officials.
“The ceiling fell down (from the rain), they called in a consultant and they identified that there was asbestos debris,” said David Jones, senior compliance supervisor with the AQMD. “In order to clean that up, they need to file a plan and notify the district.”
Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer for the AQMD, said for buildings built in the 70s and earlier, it was fairly common to have asbestos in the acoustic ceiling tiles, but it did not mean there was exposure for children.
In this case, rain damage increased a potential for exposure, which is why the removal and notification were conducted, Nazemi said.
“We reviewed their plan and found that it was adequate for protecting the environment,” Nazemi said. “They followed all the proper procedures with us.”